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3 Ways to Keep the Flu Bug Away

Blog 1.23fixedYou can hear it up and down the hallways of your ministry. A chorus of coughs. A symphony of sniffles. You can tell flu season is here and taking its toll on both your kids and your parents. It's not too late to take steps to avoid catching and spreading germs. Here are three tips to help keep your ministry a healthy one.

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1. Mesh bags- If you work with preschoolers, try this tip out. Invest in a few mesh bags. Not only do they keep all your kids' favorite plush toys together in one place, they make it a breeze to take the toys home and toss in the washer. Of course, as with all cleaning supplies, be aware of ingredients in the detergent that could act as allergens.

2. Teach healthy habits- A simple step, but one you need to take, is helping kids and volunteers know flu-busting habits. The Centers for Disease Control website gives plenty of tips and hand-outs. My favorite is that when you wash your hands, you should do so for 20 seconds. Encourage your kids and volunteers to wash their hands while singing "Jesus Loves Me." When they're done with the song, they should be about done with the hand washing.

3. Don't look for perfection- In an article for Children's Ministry Magazine, Brad Hennessy shared ways to keep your ministry healthy during flu season. I love how Brad mentions that the quest for perfection may lead some parents to bring their kids even if they're sick. "Some kids (and parents) try so hard for perfect attendance that it can be tempting to go to church simply to avoid being counted as 'absent.' Be thoughtful if and how you reward attendance, especially during the cold and flu season, and consider making an exception for sick days."

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What steps do you take to keep your ministry healthy? Do you have a sick child/sick volunteer policy in your handbook? Do you have a plan in case you yourself get sick? Let us know in the comment section below.

Posted at 11:40

1 Comments:

shelly burkett said...
We have a sick child policy and keep an emergency folder with a stand alone lesson in each classroom with necessary supplies in case of a last minute call. Im a children's director and have a couple of seasoned teachers who will oversee programming in the event I am ill. When my husband spent months in the hospital, these teachers assumed the duties for 2 months! We really have a wonderful team for which I am grateful!
January 23, 2013 08:25

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